Experience and Nature
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from its side. Although absolute, eternal, all-compreand pervasively integrated into a whole so logically perfect that no separate patterns, to say nothing of seams and holes, can exist in it, it proceeds to play a tragic joke upon itself for there is nothing else to be fooled by appearing in a queer combination of rags and hensive, glittering gew-gaws, in the garb of the temporal, partial conflicting things, mental as well as physical, of and ordinary experience. I do not cite these
such. sensitive when this interest wanes. The highest because most complete incorporation natural forces and operations in experience is found of in IX). Art is a process of production in which natural materials are re-shaped in a projection toward art (Chapter consummatory fulfillment through regulation of trains of events that occur in a less regulated way on lower levels of nature. Art is "fine" in the degree in which ends, the final termini, of natural processes are dominant
the occurrence of reason while it asserts the ultimacy and universality of reason. In as far as qualities of objects are found worthy of finality, the finding must eventuate in arts. Only thereby will thinking and knowing take their full place as events falling within natural processes, not only in their origin but also in their outcome* CHAPTER FOUR NATURE, MEANS AND KNOWLEDGE No mythology is more familiar than that which tells is due to trespass of man upon divine prerogaan act that
communication not an stuff, is If we had not talked with others and we should never talk to and with ourselves. effect of soliloquy. they with us, Because of converse, social give and take, various organic attitudes become an assemblage of persons engaged in converse, conferring with one another, exchanging distinc- tive experiences, listening to one another, over-hearing unwelcome remarks, accusing and excusing. Through speech a person dramatically identifies himself with potential acts
the non-empirical method of philosophizing is not that it depends upon theorizing, but that and penetrating sort, to use refined, secondary products as a path pointing and leading back to something in primary experience. it fails The resulting failure is three-fold. First, there is What no verification, no even to test and effort even worse, secondly, is that the things of ordinary experience do not get enlargement and enrichment of meaning as they do when approached through check.